Last weekend I went to The Art of War tournament in Sutton in Ashfield near Nottingham. The gaming hall the event was held in was a converted church and looked fantastic!
|My army for the weekend.|
Game 1 - Owen - StuG Battery - Encounter
Encounter... probably my least favourite mission... but hell you'll got to play them all in comps. I had never meet Owen before but he was very friendly and we had a good starting game. His army was 10 StuG/H's, 2 Tigers, motorbike recon, some Nebs and Hs129 with the big gun! I deployed both SU-100 platoons and my AA so stop his Tigers from rushing me, he deployed his Tigers, a platoon of StuG's and the Nebs. Neither of us did anything for the first 3 turns until our reserves turned up, at which point the game came alive.
Game two was against Skip. Skip is a regular to the tournament scene from Brighton who I have seen around but never had the pleasure to play. I turned up at the table a little late (the store owner was running myself and Alex through a game of Rivet Wars, which Alex picked), Skip had a little time to look at the board, my list and the mission, so after I introduced myself he said "well looks like a 6-1 to you!" I was a little taken aback but looking at it I thought he might have a point. All skip could defend his objective with was 4 25 Pounders, an infantry platoon, 2 bofors guns and a platoon of Shermans with two firefly's in ambush. I set up to charge straight for his objective thinking that with 4 platoons in reserve it would be harder to crack the far objective. So with that in mind I rammed my Soviets down Skips throat.
Game 3 - Jez Evans - 2nd ID (Overload)- Hold The Line
Next up was Jez and his 2nd ID. His list is quite infamous, it has 13 platoons 4 of which are artillery... I went into the game hoping to get a 5-2 lose as I didn't see much of a way of getting an objective off of 36 odd infantry with 10 Bazookas pointed at me.
Game 4 - Paul Cummings - 4th Armoured Rifles- Cauldron
So day two and despite the efforts of everyone to practically kill me with alcohol on the Saturday night I was in a great mood and hangover free! I got to play Paul Cummings and like Skip he was someone I had seen around a lot but not had the chance to play. He had an interesting list with Armoured Rifles with Abrams, I thought it was an odd choice and questioned it... well by the end of the game I saw how good a combo it is!
Game 5 - Tom Brown - Hungarian Assault Gun Battery - Free For All
My final game was against Tom Brown, my same opponent from the last game at Corrivalry. This time he was using Hungarian assault guns, the same army I started the game with. His main threats was a unit of 3 German Panthers and a Hs129b. Tim hide most of his Assault guns in cover as he was a little worried about my SU-100's, I went aggressive and spread out my T-34's and SU-100's to cover as mush of the board as possible.
Overall this was the best tournament I have ever been to, well run, great prizes support and a fantastic atmosphere; Steve and Tim did a great job. I had 4 brilliant games and 1 good game with 5 great opponents.
Tim and Steve are already planning Art of War Too (yes too, not two) which will be EW in September and I think it's safe to say myself and Alex are both up for going.
The Venue (Sanctuary Gaming Centre) was also really good, plenty of room between tables and a both a shop to buy toys from and a little food store.
My performance was ok, felt i should have done better in a couple of games, but also did what I needed to do in the loses. I have been messing around with the list to try and give it more punch as I find it bleeds platoons if you don't win fast. I have a few ideas that will add more models to the list but also means dropping down to confident. Having said that with very few Late War comps left for me this year I'm not sure when I will get a chance to try the list out in anger.
|A couple of pictures stolen from Reluctant Veteran Blog, thanks Marc!|
|Thats what SU-100's do baby!|
|Andy Croft's 2nd and a half game of FOW, lost 5-2|
|Fez Man from the Fez-man Blog|
|My Wargaming girlfriend for the weekend looks happy... So to cheer him|
here's a plug for his blog.
|The Silver Fox digs his way out of another hole!|
|Andy Croft won best Beginner Painter|
|Alex Won Best newcomer until....|
|...it turned out Army Dave had won it!|